Be Part Of A Photo Walk Honoring Bill Cunningham In NYC

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Be Part Of A Photo Walk Honoring Bill Cunningham In NYC

One man, Bill Cunningham, could possibly be considered the true denizen of the NYC fashion world. Perhaps no one loved the fashion of NYC more, and was as true an icon in his own right, as anyone could be. Today in New York, Bill is being honored with a photo walk that you can be part of. Bill’s passing early last year sparked an outpouring of emotion from the fashion and photography world, spawned a documentary by filmmaker Mark Bozek, The Times Of Bill (premiering next month), and shown that the man in the blue jacket could be gone but never forgotten. The photo walk is another way to remember and pay homage to the man, put on by someone who knew him well, Wendy Goodman or New York Magazine. The photo walk is open to the public and starts at the Apple Store in Williamsburg on 246 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. It’s a one mile walk led by Goodman, Bozek, and fashion photographer Max Vadukul and is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to shoot how Bill did, capturing the NYC street style with whatever camera you’ve got, even if it’s an iPhone. The catch it it hasn’t been broadly advertised and it starts at 4 today. However, there’s a screening of a clip of the documentary first, so if you arrive by 430 you should be able to do the whole walk, and even if not you can join along the way. It’s sure to be something quite special. Also, if you miss it, you can pay homage by visiting the corner of 57th Street and 5th Ave, that was renamed in his honor, and click away. [REWIND: Bill Cunningham | Iconic Photographer Gone at 87, More Enduring Than The Fashion He Photographed] Source: The Cut        Share...

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How to be Better Prepared for Your Next Photo Shoot

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

How to be Better Prepared for Your Next Photo Shoot

Greater success with your event, street, travel or any other genre of photography can depend a lot on how prepared you are before you leave the house and how observant you are at the location you are making pictures. Here are some tips to help you be better prepared for your next photo shoot. A participant in the annual Chiang Mai Flower Parade enjoys having her photo taken. I’ve based this article on street and event photography so I can use my photos to illustrate specific situations. Planning Planning your photography session in advance can make it a much more rewarding experience. You don’t necessarily need to start making spreadsheets and contingency preparations if you’re going out to photograph a local farmers market or craft fair. But a little groundwork can make times you are out with your camera significantly more enjoyable. Having some prior knowledge of your subject, the location, and the type of activity that happens there (if any) will increase the opportunities you have to capture better photos. Even the way you dress and the footwear you choose can potentially have an influence on your photos. Certainly, the amount and type of camera equipment you choose to carry will have an effect on the outcome of your photography excursion. Girls talking before a parade starts. For example Performers rest prior to the start of a Chinese New Year parade. Before heading out to photograph the Chinese New Year Parade I checked so I knew the starting time, location, and the route it would take. I arrived at least an hour early for some behind the scenes moments when the morning light was rich. Some prior knowledge of the type of subjects and activity I would encounter enabled me to anticipate the flow of action. So I was able to capture the dragon as it moved through the streets and received cash gifts from locals in its mouth. A woman places money in the mouth of a Chinese New Year dragon during a street parade in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Prepare yourself too I was wearing a good pair of sports shoes as I knew I would need to run at times to keep ahead of the parade. With many parades and festivals in south east Asia, there are often few restrictions for photographers assertive and considerate enough to just go with the flow of things. I traveled light, without an abundance of camera gear. There’s always a choice between carrying more and having it weigh you down and making your movements more difficult and not having the right lens with you. I typically prefer to take two lenses so I have one on the camera and the other in a small belt bag. This way I am free to move and can often get closer to the action than if I was weighted down with a shoulder...

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A Free & Fast HEIC to JPEG File Converter From Beamr | Bookmark This One

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

A Free & Fast HEIC to JPEG File Converter From Beamr | Bookmark This One

Leave it to Apple to turn industries on their heads, making huge changes and expecting the world to follow along. With their newest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, released yesterday, images and video are getting a space-saving reboot in the form of High Efficiency Image Format files (.HEIC). As this file type is being thrust upon an ill-prepared world, the files will need to be converted to a commonly used file type for most uses outside of the iOS ecosystem, and what is more widely used than a JPEG? While iOS 11 will offer inbuilt solutions, there is a desktop option that JPEGmini users will appreciate, as well as those that have been eager to try out JPEGmini’s capabilities but have not made the purchase. That option is a website – http://heictojpg.com – where .HEIC images can be uploaded and will be converted for free using JPEGmini’s superb, quality-retaining compression. [REWIND:] JPEGMINI REDUCES FILE SIZE BY UP TO 5X WITH NO PERCEIVABLE REDUCTION IN QUALITY This is a great option for those who take their mobile photography seriously and don’t trust an automatic in-phone conversion to do right by their photographs. In a sense, JPEGmini and .HEIC are kind of made for each other. Each promises smaller files without compromising on image quality, and with heictojpg.com, the two work together to keep your files’ quality at its utmost while delivering a smaller footprint. For more in-depth information on .HEIC files as well as other important and noteworthy new features in iOS 11, hop over this post. What do you think? Are you eager for a new, more compact era in digital image files, or do you think Apple has made a blunder?        Share...

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Here are 5 ways to change the color of anything in Photoshop

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Here are 5 ways to change the color of anything in Photoshop

There are several ways to change colors of objects in Photoshop, and plenty of different objects you may want to change: clothes, hair color, light color, furniture and so on. Nathaniel Dodson from Tutvid has created a fantastic video that shows you five techniques for changing the color of different objects. You can choose the […] The post Here are 5 ways to change the color of anything in Photoshop appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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This custom DIY shoulder rig will turn your camera into a video making monster for $200

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

This custom DIY shoulder rig will turn your camera into a video making monster for $200

If you shoot video with DSLR or mirrorless cameras and you want to get serious, you really should consider a shoulder rig. They basically turn your camera from being Bruce Banner into The Hulk. You get so much more stability, capability and control. They’re more versatile and dynamic than a tripod or even a monopod. […] The post This custom DIY shoulder rig will turn your camera into a video making monster for $200 appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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Sigma 24-70mm Art Review | Formidable or Forgettable?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Sigma 24-70mm Art Review | Formidable or Forgettable?

While the 24-70 focal length may be, begrudgingly, the most unappealing of the lot, it consistently proves to be the most versatile, durable, and adaptable lens in a wedding photographer’s kit. It would be almost criminal to try and shoot a 200+ person wedding without a wide-angle zoom lens handy. When searching for the right 24-70 you have to weigh your options similarly to how you would consider the characteristics for your future spouse: Integrity: will it be able to withstand the high demand of its role, be quickly adaptable to any situation and excel? Aesthetics: even though it may look sexy, does it have a professional, sustainable build quality and will it be able to withstand a variety of conditions? Consistency: is it performing at its promised best and delivering high-quality results? Sigma has consistently delivered the goods when it comes to their Art lineup. After owning an Art lens, most users are itching to own more, so when it was announced that there Sigma 24-70 Art was being added to their Art lineup, many, including myself, were beyond eager to see how it would fare. For those in search of a TLDR; version of this review, look no further: PROS Image Quality – Negligible differences in the quality of the images of the Sigma 24-70 Art vs. the Canon 24-70. Suffice to say quality is high, with low CA (a bit more than Canon), good colors, but lacks sharpness of Canon and Nikon – note edge falloff at wide apertures. Price – At $1,299 the Sigma is $450 cheaper than the Canon and a whopping $1,100 cheaper than Nikon’s equivalent. Image Stabilization – Probably the most prominent attribute of this lens that some of its competitors lack. CONS Auto-Focus – Although equipped with the same Hypersonic AF motor that the 85 Art sports, the Sigma 24-70 Art could not keep up with fast-paced movement and low light situations (paired with 5D Mark III) Weight & Size – Although it is shorter in length compared to the Nikon 24-70, it is definitely girthier than all other lenses in its category. This is definitely a huge factor to pose against its opponents since this is such a run and gun lens for photographers. For those looking into it for video, make sure you have a gimbal that supports the weight of the body + lens. Maneuverability – coming from a Canon it was definitely a rough start trying to get familiar with the opposite zoom ring but once I got the hang of it, I was fine – but it is something to note. Weather Sealed – Just like other ART lenses the 24-70 Art is weather sealed but not completely resistant. This could be a large deterrent for wedding photographers since we face a myriad of conditions both planned and unexpected. Design & weight https://www.slrlounge.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Sigma-24-70mm.mp4 There is something...

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